ESSENTIAL HEALTH CENTER is conducting DOT Physical Exams. All persons with a commercial driver's license or a commercial learner's permit are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act (FMCSA) to obtain a valid DOT card (Medical Examiner's Certificate). A valid DOT card must also be carried if driving a commercial vehicle or if the vehicle being driven weighs more than 10,000 pounds. This is the case whether or not the driver possesses a commercial learner's permit or commercial driver's license. You must obtain your DOT card from a Certified Medical Examiner. ESSENTIAL HEALTH CENTER now has a Certified Medical Examiner for your convenience to perform the physical exam, to help employers satisfy the requirements of the FMCSA. ESSENTIAL HEALTH CENTER is also available to provide treatment for neck and back pain, helping you to drive more comfortably.
The basic requirements for passing a DOT physical exam are:
- Vision in both eyes as well as each eye individually needs to be 20/40, with visual improvement devices, such as glasses or contacts allowed.
- Ability to distinguish color is necessary.
- Hearing should be good enough to notice a forced whisper at a minimum distance of 5 feet.
- Your blood pressure must be lower than 160/100. Prescription medication to control blood pressure is allowed.
- Cannot have diabetes that requires insulin injections; diabetes controlled through a diet or oral medication is permitted. *Please see FMCSA website for further details*
- The maximum level of blood sugar an applicant is allowed to have is 200.
- No use of a Schedule 1 drug, amphetamine, narcotic or any habit forming drug is allowed.
- In case you are currently diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease such as collapse, congestive cardiac failure or cardiac insufficiency, then you will need to present the Medical Examiner with a stress test as well as with a note from your physician which states that you are able to drive a commercial motor vehicle without restrictions.
A list of any and all medications being taken must be presented at the time of the physical. Once standards are met, a DOT card will be issued to the driver. The length for which the certification will be valid is determined by the certified medical examiner. If the driver does not meet DOT standards for the physical exam, the medical examiner will document the reasons within the report. The driver may retake the physical at a later time. Any and all questions should be asked at the time of the physical.
Call 703-204-4798 to schedule or get more information. Same day appointments available!